I’ve just landed at ICANN 38, in the really rather lovely setting of the Mont des Arts in Brussels.
Either I’m lost, or it’s a bit quiet at the moment, so I thought I’d get the most important news out of the way first – what’s in the schwag bag?
A heck of a lot more than the last ICANN meeting I attended, in Mar Del Plata, Argentina
three five years ago.
Consider this a disclosure statement – I am now forever beholden to all of these companies, in no particular order:
- T-shirt (Hanes) from ICANN.
- T-shirt (Fruit of the Loom) from RegistryPro.
- Empty Belgian chocolate bag from Iron Mountain (visit the booth for the choccie, presumably).
- Fan with party invite printed on it from GMO (dotShop).
- Pen from .CO Internet.
- Keyring (foam) from dns.be.
- Pen from Nic.ru.
- Belgian chocolate box (full) from Centr.
- Keyring (metal) from PIR (slogan: “PracticeSafeDNS.org”)
- Badge/button (small) from .quebec.
- Badge/button (huge) from ICM Registry (slogan: “Yes to .XXX”)
- Bumper sticker from .quebec.
- Notebook from PIR (.org “Celebrating 25 years”)
- Playing cards (one-way backs) from Ausregistry.
- “Multi-purpose retractable lock” from SIDN.
- USB Flash drive (4GB) from Afnic.
- Notebook from .eu.
- A good-sized tree’s worth of flyers, booklets and sales pitches from the meeting’s sponsors – very strong contingent of new TLD players and consultancies.
- The bag itself is sponsored by Afilias.
I heard a rumor that ICM was giving away .xxx vuvuzelas, but if they were they appear to have already run out.